Children with speech and language challenges have difficulty in one or more areas of communication. These difficulties may affect their ability to develop relationships, progress academically, understand others’ ideas and share their thoughts. Speech and Ianguage therapy treats disorders and concerns in the areas of:
- Receptive and expressive language–the ability to understand and use language to communicate
- Pragmatic language and social skills
- Articulation–using the structures and muscles of the oral mechanism to accurately project the sounds required
- Voice–using appropriate pitch, volume, and intonation
- Fluency–the ability to connect sounds, syllables, and words together smoothly
At ICAN, we build connections between speech therapists and children to BCBAs, teachers, parents, siblings, and peers to generalize skills across different contexts. Speech therapy accomplishes goals together. We acknowledge your child’s developmental, sensory, and communication needs, and adapt therapy accordingly. We provide one-on-one therapy sessions with frequent socialization opportunities with peers, and utilize a comprehensive interdisciplinary developmental framework by collaborating with occupational therapists, BCBAs, psychologists and more. Our speech therapy applies research-based practices such as Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to create individualized goals based on your child’s specific needs.
Speech and language therapy promotes:
- Functional communication to express wants, needs, and feelings
- The understanding of verbal language to process, store, and act on important information
- Engagement in play with siblings
- Creative use of language as well as exploration of emotions and causality
- Reading others’ nonverbal cues, responding to social language, engaging in back-and-forth interactions, and perspective taking
- Problem-solving using language
ICAN speech therapists also facilitate Social Skills Groups and provide Augmentative Alternative Communication (iLearn) support.